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Issue 843 (14 March 2016)

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Comment

Disrespectful and immoral: retrospective legislation on donor anonymity
14 March 2016 - by Professor Guido Pennings
The State Legislature of Victoria has decided unilaterally to break their agreements with the sperm donors who donated before 1998 and will reveal their identity. It is difficult to imagine a measure that shows more disrespect for both donors and recipients... [Read More]

News Digest

Lack of stem cells in womb linked to recurrent miscarriage
14 March 2016 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Recurrent miscarriage could be caused by a lack of resident stem cells in the lining of the womb, according to a study... [Read More]
Stem cells restore sight in children with cataracts
14 March 2016 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
Scientists have shown that stem cells found in the eye can restore vision in children with cataracts... [Read More]
Genetics company launches huge open-access database
14 March 2016 - by Isobel Steer
Genetic-testing company Ambry Genetics has launched a huge database of cancer-patient genetics, freely available to the public... [Read More]
Rare mutation turns 'good' cholesterol bad
14 March 2016 - by Sophie Perry
A rare genetic mutation that causes high levels of 'good' cholesterol also appears to block its positive effects, increasing the risk of heart disease by 80 percent... [Read More]
Blood test gives early warning of skin cancer relapse
14 March 2016 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Scientists have developed a blood test that captures tumour DNA from stray cancer cells circulating in the blood and allows them to monitor genetic changes in skin cancer... [Read More]
Clinic offers sperm donors free IVF for a friend
14 March 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
An IVF clinic in the UK has announced that it will offer sperm donors the chance to nominate a friend or family member for free IVF treatment.... [Read More]
US Supreme Court declines to hear embryo dispute
14 March 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a man's appeal against a ruling that gave his ex-partner a right to use embryos the couple had created together... [Read More]

Reviews

Event Review: Timeless pop-up shop
14 March 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
At a first glance, Timeless looked like a perfumery or a beauty clinic, the walls covered with carefully placed bottles and boxes in pastel colours. But nothing in the shop was actually for sale. Rather, this was a pop-up egg-freezing 'shop'... [Read More]
Video Review: TED talk - Should you be able to patent a human gene?
14 March 2016 - by Ryan Ross
Tania Simoncelli's narrates the story of the successful legal challenge against Myriad Genetics' BRCA patents, but may have missed an opportunity to consider the broader impact of gene patenting... [Read More]

 

 

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